Governor Gretchen Whitmer Releases First Reelection Campaign TV Ad

Lansing – Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign launched its first 2022 Race TV ad on Tuesday morning with a re-election message proclaiming the incumbent Democrat is “getting things done” for Michigan residents.

The ad, which will air on both television and cable, comes 120 days before the Nov. 8 general election, in which voters in the battleground state will decide whether or not to grant Whitmer a second term of four years.

The ad begins by showing the governor with her two daughters and promoting her efforts to lower the cost of child care and spend public funds on education “without raising taxes.” At one point, the words “no new taxes” are seen next to Whitmer.

“The last few years have been tough, but we’re tougher and getting things done right now,” Whitmer said in the announcement.

The clip brings up Whitmer’s past vows to focus on.”kitchen table problemsand one of the sayings she used repeatedly during the state’s battle with COVID-19: “Hard times don’t last, but tough people do.”

Also, the ad points to upcoming campaign debates.

He argues that Whitmer “has made it a priority to get the kids back to class” during the pandemic. However, Republicans argued she hadn’t done enough to ensure schools remained open for in-person instruction.

After COVID-19 arrived in Michigan, Whitmer announced plans to suspend in-person learning on March 12, 2020. Classrooms remained closed to in-person instruction through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

For the 2020-2021 school year, Whitmer’s administration has mostly let districts decide for themselves whether or not to have in-person classes. But some Michigan districts have only provided virtual learning for much of the year.

In January 2021, Whitmer began lobbying online-only districts to at least offer in-person classes by March 1, 2021. As of January 27, 2021, the governor said 98% of the state district had in-person classes, a figure mentioned in the new TV commercial.

The ad also touts Whitmer’s $17.1 billion K-12 education budget enacted in July 2021 for the current year, which at the time was the largest investment in schools in Michigan history. The next state budget who Whitmer is expected to sign the law in the coming days, includes $19.6 billion in funding for K-12 education.

“She will continue to fight tirelessly to strengthen public education, expand tuition-free pathways to higher education and skills training, and reduce costs for families,” said Maeve Coyle, communications director for Whitmer’s campaign, about the new ad.

On taxes, Republicans criticized Whitmer for proposing in 2019 to raise the state gasoline tax by 45 cents per gallon to fund infrastructure improvements, a plan that failed in the GOP-controlled state legislature.

Whitmer won his first term in the governor’s office by 9 percentage points over Republican Bill Schuette in 2018.

There are five Republican candidates vying to challenge her this fall: conservative commentator Tudor Dixon of Norton Shores, real estate broker Ryan Kelley of Allendale, pastor Ralph Rebandt of Farmington Hills, businessman Kevin Rinke of Bloomfield Township and chiropractor Garrett Soldano of Mattawan.

Whitmer is expected to have a big campaign fundraising advantage over whoever Republican primary voters choose in their Aug. 2 primary.

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